Sunday, September 27, 2015

I spent three nights with another guy, and I am in love!

Where have I been?
My daughter, Liam's grandma and babysitter, was out of town, so I kept my sweetie pie three days and nights. I am delightfully exhausted.

I took him on his first trip to the Zoo and he was afraid of everything, including the painted frog statues on the ground. Once I convinced him they were toys, he got brave enough to get closer and put his hat on a frog's head.

The goats terrified him, especially the one that hopped up on the bench next to him. I had to rescue him.

He liked the penguins, sea lions, and large fish. But what he really liked was the elephants. He watched as one used her trunk to rip leaves off a tree branch and then carry the branch around.

When he heard the train whistle as it click-clacked down the track, he got very excited. So, of course we had to go for a ride.

He sat on a seat like a big boy so I could take his picture. Then he noticed the animal photo
on the seat in front of us. He babbled and jabbered and touched it, telling me about the elephant.

I said, "Yes, that's an elephant, and we saw the elephant eating leaves."
He listened and looked and smiled.
He noticed the locomotive up ahead as the train was boarding. We were seated three cars back. He got very excited when he saw "Thomas" the tank engine leading us. I said, "Yes, that's the train, and you are sitting in the train. We are going to ride this choo-choo."

He understood what I said, kicked his legs and squealed with delight. He was astounded when the train rounded the bend and slowed in front of the elephant compound. He even loved going through the dark tunnels.

This little guy is 15 months old and is repeating words and talking. His latest: hi kitty cat, hi papaw, bouncy ball, basket ball, what's dat? BALLLL. (Everything is ball to him.) Instead of saying the word "more" and tapping his fingers together, he uses the baby hand sign for more food and says, "Ball." We have been working for three days on saying "more" and touching his mouth. He did it twice. He's stuck on the word "ball."

He zooms down the drive way on his riding toy car, lifts his feet and coasts like a big boy.
What an active little sweetheart. We are blessed.



DUTA said...

With his blue eyes and blond hair this guy is sure to charm everyone.

Sioux said...

Liam is a total doll. I can imagine your exhaustion. My granddaughter is now at the age that when I watch her, she can see my eyes close when we're watching a movie at night, and (thoughtfully) decides it's time for HER to go to bed.

Being a grammy is fun but exhausting...

Bookie said...

Such a fun day with a little cutie!! I know it was lovely day you shared.

K9friend said...

What a wonderful way to spend time with your precious Liam.

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Val said...

That picture of Liam seated on the train is just too precious! What a sweetie!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

It's amazing how big he's become, Linda! He's a cutie patootie!

Daisy said...

He's such a cutie. How fun it is to see the zoo and the animals through his eyes and reactions.

Sandi said...

So sweet!

Gerry Mandel said...

I'm not one to gush over little kids and kittens, but Liam stands out. You can see it in his eyes. Destined for greatness... must be genetic.